Illinois Will Be No. 5 Seed in Big Ten Tournament; Set to Play No. 4 Seed Minnesota Wednesday
Illinois Wins Fifth Straight Following Two-Hour Rain Delay to Move into Fourth in the Big Ten
Duchene Improves to 8-1, Equals Most Wins Ever by an Illini Freshman
Illini Look to Qualify for Big Ten Tournament to Remain in Minneapolis
Roper Knocks in Game-Winning RBI Single in the Eighth after Failed Pick Off
2012 - Freshman: Appeared in 15 games, including 14 starts ... Went 8-3 with a 4.72 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings pitched ... Broke the school record for wins by a freshman, passing Jason Anderson (6-0, 1998) and Will Strack (6-1, 2009) ... Tied for second in the Big Ten in wins ... Averaged 5.84 innings per appearance, second-most on the team ... Went 4-0 with a 3.15 ERA at home, compared to 4-3 with a 5.74 ERA on the road ... Had a 1.37 WHIP, best on the team among pitchers with 15 or more innings pitched ... Held right-handed hitters to a .208 average ... Held opponents to a .223 average with two outs ... Limited leadoff hitters to a .293 reached base percentage, best on the team among regular pitchers ... Started his career with 6 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against No. 27 St. John's (2/19), striking out six and allowing only two hits to earn his first collegiate win ... Named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week, College Baseball 360 Primetime Performer of the Week and College Baseball Insider Central Region Pitcher of the Week after that performance ... Limited Lamar (2/26) to three runs in 5 1/3 innings in his first start ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after holding Connecticut (3/10) to one run in 7 2/3 innings, striking out six in a win, at the Nike Showcase ... Held Northern Illinois (3/17) to two runs on five hits in eight innings, striking out four, to earn the victory ... Bounced back from consecutive rough outings to hold Mississippi Valley State (4/1) to one unearned run over seven innings to earn a win ... Notched his first Big Ten win against Indiana (4/7), holding the Hoosiers to three runs in 7 1/3 innings ... Held Ohio State (4/21) to three runs in six innings for the victory ... Beat Northwestern (4/28), holding the Wildcats to four runs in a six-inning outing ... Kept Illinois' postseason hopes alive by earning the win over Minnesota (5/18) with seven innings of one-run ball, striking out three and now allowing a walk ... Played for the Lake Erie Monarchs of the Great Lakes League with Illini teammate Luke Joyce during the summer.
Named the 2011 Northwest Indiana Times Baseball Player of the Year ... Threw a no-hitter against St. Ignatius in 2011 ... Listed as the No. 22 overall prospect in the state and the No. 13 pitcher by Prep Baseball Report ... Went 11-4 with a 2.17 ERA and struck out 91 in 84 1/3 innings in 2011 ... Named to the All-Area second team by the Chicago Sun Times in 2011 ... Earned IHSBCA third-team All-State honors in 2011 ... Went 6-4 with a 2.75 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 73 innings in 2010 ... Went 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 2009 ... Helped Top Tier Baseball to the 2010 CABA World Series title ... Led Mount Carmel to a fourth-place finish in the 2011 IHSA Class 4A state playoffs and regional championships in 2009 and 2010 ... Earned varsity letters in baseball three years and football one year.
Born October 3, 1992 ... Parents are Peter and Catherine Kravetz ... Enrolled in the Division of General Studies ... Has one brother, Jeremy ... Biggest thrill in sports was finishing fourth in the state his senior year of high school ... Favorite athlete is Troy Aikman because of his leadership ... Was named to the honor roll all four years of high school ... Was a member of National Honor Society in high school ... Lists his father as the person that has most influenced his athletic career because he taught John everything he knows about being a successful athlete and person ... Illinois hero growing up was Pierre Thomas.